Geopolitical Studies (GPS)
Geopolitical Studies (GPS)
A unique, multidisciplinary programme offers students a chance to learn from academic authorities and experts in this field. The programme analyses and explores various and often inter-related processes that shape the global geopolitics and geoeconomics, focusing on the geostrategically important regions and on the cutting-edge theoretical concepts.
The programme is deliberately structured to take advantage of the multidisciplinary nature of the Institute of Political Studies and the Faculty, and students will be encouraged to make connections between different fields of study, learning to combine a global perspective with attention to detail and local interests. It is an excellent stepping stone in developing an academic career in the field of Political Science, as well as a valuable source of analytical skills and practical background knowledge that can be applied in professional life.
The GPS programme is part of the double degree scheme offering a limited number of places to the students of both institutions. Based on the selection process organized during the first year several GPS students will have a chance to get the second diploma in East Asian Studies during the second year spent at the National Taiwan University.
Programme Duration: 2 years
Language of Instruction: English
Academic Supervisor: PhDr. Michael Romancov, Ph.D. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Programme Coordinator: Mgr. Martin Riegl, Ph.D. (email@example.com)
Admission Administration: firstname.lastname@example.org
Double Degree: Geopolitical Studies and East Asian Studies (National Taiwan University)
Geopolitical Studies is a unique, multidisciplinary programme, offering the students a chance to learn from academic authorities and experts in this field. The programme analyses and explores various and often inter-related processes that shape the global geopolitics and geoeconomics, focusing on the geostrategically important regions and on the cutting-edge theoretical concepts.
Who is this programme for?
We welcome all applicants, especially those that have successfully completed an undergraduate programme in the field of political science, international relations, security studies, geography, history, economics, sociology or journalism. The programme is also an excellent choice for diplomats, civil servants and members of the armed forces who wish to further deepen their expertise.
The goal of GPS is to produce graduates able to analyze and interpret the world which we live in, linking together not only facts but also various theoretical approaches and overreaching doctrines. The emphasis of the programme is placed on the practical application of the knowledge and skills earned; in this regard, the internship programme provides an opportunity for all the students to enhance their educational experience by applying them in a workplace setting.
What is the programme about?
Geopolitical Studies is a unique, multidisciplinary programme, offering the students a chance to learn from the best academics and experts. The programme is primarily based on a geopolitical analysis but also includes aspects of the international relations theory and international law. The Geopolitical Studies programme studies how the interactions among world politics and geography have unfolded in the most relevant geopolitical settings. The programme gives the students an opportunity to gain a profound knowledge of geopolitics and geostrategy, two disciplines which are becoming ever more important. The mandatory courses will provide the necessary theoretical background, while the electives will enable the students to choose their thematic and/or regional specialization according to their preference.
Some of the areas that the specialized courses and modules will focus on include:
- World politics, great powers geopolitics, global power shifts, border hardening;
- Disintegration processes, failed states, violent non-state actors, unrecognized states;
- War, natural resources and conflicts, international law;
- Political risk analysis, foreign policy analysis;
- World regions and their position in the current global order;
Students will be introduced to the key concepts and theories and to the methodology and approaches to conducting a proper research in this field. Simulation and practical exercises will be also employed to enable the students to apply the knowledge gained to solve problems, which could occur in real-world scenarios.
Our Geopolitics Research Centre makes it possible for our faculty, external experts, MA and PhD students to come together at events and activities such as:
- The Annual Geopolitical Conference;
- The Internship Programme;
- The Geopolitical Summer School;
- Professional development seminars led by academic staff;
- Alumni seminars;
- Round-table discussions with diplomats and other guest speakers;
As a conclusion of the study programme, the students will write their final thesis under the supervision of an experienced academic/expert, which will give them the opportunity to make use of the theoretical and empirical knowledge they have gained and to employ their analytical skills.
The Geopolitical Studies programme would beyond any doubt further the prospective career of the students and greatly enhance their analytic skills in the field of geopolitics, policy analysis and international relations in general. In the world we live in, such skills will always be in a high demand.
- Bachelors degree
- English language proficiency (both written and oral)
Applicants to the GPS Programme may come from a variety of undergraduate backgrounds. It is not necessary to have studied political science, international relations or geopolitics. Admission may be granted also to students whose previous studies were in the humanities, economy, law or even technical or natural sciences. Although a background in political science and related sub-disciplines is not formally required for admission, it is an advantage for GPS applicants to have an aptitude for political science.
All students must have a good command of the English language in order to successfully complete all the course requirements, including the ability to discuss specialised topics. Our tutors will not be concerned only with what students know but they will also care about the clarity of their thinking, the capacity of explaining ideas in the public, how well you are able to work in teams and to absorb or expand new knowledge in the social sciences. They will seek evidence of students’ interest in social and political issues and their ability to discuss them critically. If you like reading Foreign Affairs of watt Fareed Zakaria GPS or BBC HARD talk, you are a prospective programme applicant. If you have not tried yet, please do so and test your aptitude to the social phenomena of this study.
Why study Geopolitics?
Resource Wars, Identity Conflicts, Disinformation, Geostrategic Rivalries, Global Power Shift and increasing number of non-state actors, among others make it difficult to analyse contemporary international relations.
Why study Geoeconomics?
Currency Wars, Economic Diplomacy, Competitive Intelligence, Economic Warfare, Indirect Strategies and State Capitalism are among the various factors impacting increasingly contemporary power rivalries.
Why choose this programme?
Highly focused on employability – outside speakers will provide networking opportunities. The programme includes discussions with experts outside the academy. The class offers an advanced grounding in geopolitics and security while allowing you to specialize in issues and themes of interest to you. There is a strong emphasis on skills development especially communication.
“At some point of life I have realized that modern political structures (sub-national, national, international) depended fundamentally on geographic space. So I enrolled in Charles University’s GPS program. At the beginning I did not know exactly what to focus on, so I appreciated great variety of issues, regions, and time periods covered in compulsory and elective classes. The multidisciplinary nature of the curriculum also allowed me to learn the basics of disciplines that are closely related to geopolitics – economics, regionalism, international relations, area-specific and security studies, history and sociology. Consulting ideas with programme instructors and other members of IPS made me stop being afraid of posing difficult questions and inspired me to acquire practical capabilities in geopolitical analysis at the International Centre for Geopolitical Studies (Geneva). Geopolitics is now my scientific specialization…Thanks to GPS programme!”
Mgr. Irina Valko
former student of the Geopolitical Studies programme
“My experience from the studies of the GPS programme are mostly positive. Thanks to the availability of experts on the most of the world regions, I was able to receive important and interesting information about ongoing processes all over the globe while receiving theoretical background which aided me with proper tools to analyse any given situation from the geopolitical perspective. Another advantage of the programme is in its location on the Charles University, which as a huge institution provides possibility to find an expert opinion on any specialized topic any student would need to help with even outside the Institute of Political Studies. I must recommend this degree to anyone interested in the world around and in knowing how space matters.”
Mgr. Bohumil Doboš
former student of the Geopolitical Studies programme
“The decision to come to Prague, Czech republic, to do a Masters in Geopolitical studies for me did not come lightly. My inherent interest in political geography, coupled with a family link to political affairs in one of the most tumultuous geopolitical regions at the end of the twentieth century-the Balkans,made the choice of Charles University a top pick for me. The width of the offered courses ranging from the analysis of theoretical approaches of the international political system to the particulars of certain crisis regions on the global map, the strong emphasis on personal and group research gave me the freedom to pursue my own line of work on the study of nationalism, while at the same time receiving a huge breadth of examples from the global system to compare and analyze. Today I find myself applying to work for the UN, with strong theoretical background to lean on, as well as a confidence that arises from my previous studies at FSV UK.”
Mgr. Damjan Malbašič
former student of the Geopolitical Studies programme
Elective classes I
minimal 46 credits
Elective classes II
maximum 15 credits
- Geopolitics and Geostrategy I.
- Historical an Contemporary Geopolitical Issues in Europe
- Geopolitics and Political Geography of World Regions
- Geopolitics of sovereignty, state failure and unrecognized states
- Theories of International Relations
- ON WAR I.
- Political Risk Analysis
- EU-China Relations
- Geopolitical Thought
- Geopolitics of Great Powers: Russia
- Geopolitics of Great Powers: China
- Geopolitics of Great Powers: India
- Language Policy
The traditional Master's degree (Mgr., Czech equivalent to M.A.) is awarded to those students who have acquired at least 120 credits in the GPS programme, defended their Master Thesis and successfully passed the final State Examinations from economics, politics and other social sciences.
Please find more information at Geopolitical Studies website.
Why to study Geopolitics in Prague?
- Prague is due to its geographic location and history the right place to study geopolitics
- Charles University belongs to the TOP 1% of the world's best ranking universities
- Prague is a favourite destination amongst international students for its cosmopolitan environment and great job opportunities both during and after your studies
- Charles University has partnerships with top ranking universities around the world
- Personal approach and unique internship programme
Scholarships and Funding
International Visegrad Fund Scholarships
The International Visegrad Fund (IVF) is a joint initiative of the governments of the four Visegrad Group countries (Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary). It offers scholarships for study abroad, both to students from within the Visegrad group, and to neighbouring countries like Belarus and Ukraine.
Submission deadline is 31st January, scholarship applicants can request a preliminary confirmation of acceptance at the International Office of FSV UK.
Fulbright Commission Scholarships
The Fulbright Commission provides U.S. citizens with the opportunity to study, teach, or conduct research in the Czech Republic. You can find info about the grants on this link. Besides the Fulbright Grants, there are other scholarship programs available for U.S. students.
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- 6 000 EUR per year
The tuition fee can be reduced in the closing stages of the study to 300 EUR. Tuition covers the costs of studying at FSV UK, sitting examinations and participating in international student exchanges. There are also scholarships and bursary funding available.